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Spark Your Creative Self-Care Journey

Are you ready to Spark
Your Creative Self-Care Journey?

Well, I have a treat for you. I created a Self-Care Spark Guide that highlights the areas I focused on to ignite self-care in my own life. Now, I am sharing it with you!

Over the last several months, like others, I have been soaking in the stress of the world. It didn’t take long for me to realize that living from a place of stress wasn’t much of a way to live.  It was time to turn it around.  So, I decided I would do myself and the world a gift by upping my level of self-care.  The actions I took really made a difference in my stress experience.  It didn’t change the world but did change my reaction to it.

Benefits of a Creative Self-Care Practice

I also found I had more to give.  I showed up to life in a more open way.  Instead of putting up an invisible but energetically tangible wall around situations that might ping my stress, I felt more centered and available.  I could give more support to others and had more to give to my own creative projects. I even found myself raising my voice for change without needing to be overwhelmed by the stress that can come with transformation.

Understand your unique voice with Creative Self-Care

Feeling the benefits of self-care for myself, I knew I wanted to share the highlights with you. Self-care is both a calming and strengthening force for those interested in living the Creative Life.

Self-Care Sparks Guide: A Gift

  • A full-color guidebook featuring a handful of nurturing actions to jumpstart your self-care journey.
  • An invitation to the Creativity Tribe Facebook Group…for ongoing creativity and self-care boosters!
  • Updates on Creativity Tribe: tips and events for connecting creativity &  life.
  • And lots of good vibes from yours truly!

 

Creative Self-Care Spark E-Book Free Gift

Self-Care Spark Gift Rachel Payne with Creativity Tribe. Life Coach, Expressive Arts Facilitator, artist, spirituality, creativity

You’ll Never Guess What I am Celebrating Today!

Celebrating You with my heart wide open!

Surprise Gifts from the Universe + A Freebie from Me

Surprise Gifts from Universe

I have decided to engage a little experiment with the Universe this month.  I am asking it to open up the field of possibility and shower me with gifts, and I am expecting that, just as I might know with strong certainty that a light switch will give me light, the Universe will open up to what I need and desire.

My experiment in inspired by E Squared by Pam Grout.

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It is an easy, enjoyable, fascinating read!

Surprise Gifts from the Universe: Everyday a Party!

I set up my blog post so that I could easily just slip this portion in at the end of the day, sharing what some of my discovered gifts were.  Here is what I witnessed…..

  1. Thoughtfulness: I woke up this morning to my honey cooking me breakfast.  He made sure to make mine without gluten.  Lucky girl, me!
  2. Connections:  Today, a friend I met in a chat group years and years ago, Jordan, shared on her blog, Creating My Soul Power, how I have inspired her through sharing my creative journey here.  Interestingly enough, her creativity inspired me enough that I recently shared her story on my Creativity Booster Pack Mini E-course.  (More about that in a bit.)  I love how our gifts trickle through life touching people….often with us never knowing it.  But my Gift from the Universe is that today I got see that my gifts touched another… whose story I hope will touch you.
  3. Gratitude: Out of the blue, I got a sweet “thank you” from a dear friend who shared her heart with me and offered her gratitude for me in her life.
  4. Confirmation:  For the last bend in the journey that was my day, some friends I really wanted to hang out with invited my hubby and I over to visit.  It was late, but we decided to go.  Once we got there we threw around some ideas of what we might do…. some art cards maybe (nah, not tonight), just chat and catch up (sounds good)…. and then, hubby suggested a movie (everyone was in!) We looked through their collection and came across The Last Mimsy.  YES!  I said…. strongly pulled to that one.  I want to watch that…. forgetting that I had seen it when it first came out.  As the movie’s story unfolded, I realized that a big theme was to listen to the messages we get from the Universe.  Wow!  Another gift.  The Universe wanted ME to know that inviting it to share Its big gifts with me was exactly the path I was supposed to follow.

Creativity Booster Pack Mini E-course

I am so SUPER excited to share with you my brand spankin’ new Creativity Booster Pack.  I have put together a collection of my 13 favorite booster actions, a MP3 with detailed suggestions to bring each booster to life, and a guided mediation to help you connect with your creative spirit.

I hope you will head over for my free gift.  I really put lots of love and energy into, wanting it to bring creativity to your life and life to your creativity!

 Sign Up for the Creativity Booster Pack

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Blogtoberfest

Don’t forget to visit Blogtoberfest 2013‘s page!

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

 

Indulging ME

Just over a year ago when I embarked on the journey of working for myself, I placed one thing at the top of my list of values….self-care.  I wanted my serious business woman self to honor the hard, working dedicated but oh-so-human self.  In the beginning, I worked that into my day like a teenager with a new driver’s license.  I took my time getting up in the morning, lit candles as I was blogging, burned incense while painting, napped if I felt like it, created one-person retreats…..I lived up the self-care.

Then I got all filled up, and I began to push myself.  The drive to reach for my dreams felt good.  It was empowering. I have felt unstoppable. One dream after another fell into place. I got a contract to teach at the Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat, was one of Mixed Media May‘s featured artists, taught a drama camp and then an art camp, had my first e-course (Touch the Moon), my first one-woman art show, got my website up (created it myself….oh that was a feat!), began offering my Life Coaching services and was featured on a radio show.  In between, there were a thousand little firsts, tiny parts of dreams clicking into place, big connections with individuals, and plenty of witnessing the ah-ha’s of the Creatives who find their way here.

Week before last, I felt like I was running for a marathon.  I was stretching myself to the max to keep up with the energy my dreams were setting off.  I LOVED IT!  I got SO much accomplished.

Then, I crossed the line, finishing the busiest week of my year so far.  I exhaled and all the wind in my sails went with it.

Now, I find myself craving the quiet. I see myself needing more me time, less work time, and the one who lobbied for self-care is poking her head out again to say, “Hey, remember what you promised?”

Yes, I do remember.  Gratefully, I remember.

So as the year winds down, so will I.  I make no apologies of it, need not sympathy for feeling disconnected from my drive to push forward.  I know this is part of the creative process.  This is a vital part of sustaining long term creativity, the part where we recognize our accomplishments, celebrate them, and rest.

How will I do it?  Well, to start off, a corporate holiday party, of course.  I am taking my employees (that would be me) out for a spa day to include a luxurious massage (which I traded for some art a couple of weeks back….score), all the chai I can handle, and adding naps to my very short to do list.  I am also going to do an inventory of my accomplishments and put them up somewhere….maybe tack a gold star to them.  Oh, and throughout the holidays, I am going to unabashedly brag about myself to anyone who will listen.

I am indulging in the splendor of my year.

And I have to admit that sharing this with you warms my heart so much. Last year at this time, I wanted what I have today so much.  Some days I felt so incredibly stuck, not being able to see the other side of it. But I always trusted that something would come out of my dreaming.

I am full of gratitude (please don’t just pass by that word without feeling the beauty of it) for the community that joins me on this journey…..for the artists, the bloggers, poets, dancers, followers, leaders, likers, the dreamers, the hopers, wishers, wanters, and the quiet ones who secretly pop in when no one is looking….for all of you who help hold this dream up…..I am full of gratitude.

What do YOU celebrate this year? What would you brag about if someone would listen?….don’t leave me bragging alone. How would you celebrate if you were me? I would love to know what self-care and celebration look like for you. I can always use a new idea!

Today’s Indulgence….a MEDIA FAST. Yep, I am spending 12-21-12 by checking out of the internet, news, books, radio, tv, and phone and am checking in with myself, my friends and family, and my intuition.  Wanna join me?

Bridging the Years

About 15 years ago, a couple of local artists held a New Year’s workshop that used mask making to consider the year that had passed and the one to come.  The link to masks was created by using as their focus the Roman god Janus who is depicted with two faces, one face looks into the past, one to the future.  I loved the concept because I think during these weeks that lead up to the New Year it is human nature to take stock of the year that is closing and begin cultivating the year ahead.

That bridging of the two years is exactly what I have done the last week or so and hope to continue into the New Year.  I will try to share my process here in hopes that it might help you work through your own transition.

I began thinking about 2013 about a month ago.  I like to set an intention for the holidays, and this year mine was to practice being in a spirit of giving.  The events that lead up to me discovering my intention also encouraged me to take that idea of giving and pull it into my intention for the New Year.  Last year I chose a word for the year – clarity.  It took me up until New Year’s Eve to pick my word, but this year it came to me quite easily. My word for 2013 is gift. As 2012 ends, I am wrapping up my studies with the word clarity and considering the word gift.

My intentional holiday candle (that I created as part of the StressLess Holiday Cheer Party) has the Spirit of Giving as its focus. I have kept it lit while I work in the Creativity Tribe Studio these days.  It makes me very happy.

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I am also going to use a gratitude jar into 2013.  I discovered it through a Facebook share yesterday.  I have had a similar process in years past with a gratitude file, but the jar is so much more engaging.  I look forward to exploring the stories it will hold when I open it up and look through it just before 2014.

These little things….the candle, choosing a word for the year, creating a jar to hold gratitudes….these kinds of things are ways of deepening the beauty we find in life and of creating moments that have more meaning.  I encourage you to explore something like this for yourself.  It is a great way to write the story of your life….why not make it a story of your choosing!

 

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